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Luna Moth

Luna Moth
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Copyright: Jun Kim (Dooley) (59)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Tamron SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR DI LD [IF]
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-22 22:39
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I found this when I was hiking in the G.Thompson Wild Life Management Area near Front Royal, VA, USA.

Luna moths are one of the most unusual and beautiful of the North American moths known as Saturnidae. They are well known for their green-yellow colors and long tails,and although they are often seen in pictures, they are a real surprise when found in nature. Although they are common throughout the eastern U.S., their night flying habits and short life span as an adult moth, only about 1 week, combine to make them a rare find. The luna moth, with a wingspan of 4.5-5.0 inches, is one of the largest moths in North America and is very common in many of the eastern states from Maine all the way to Florida. They usually are seen less as you go westward to Texas and the Great Plains. It is also found in southern regions of many Canadian provinces such as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskachewan.

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Hi Jun

Short on time today, but from what I see you deserve this big smiley. Thanks.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-23 4:06]

Very beautiful photo of this big moth!
Peaty the tails hiden by the leaves.
Wonderful colours!
Very good DOF and details!
Nice POV!

Great catch.
An interesting moth, bizarre colours. Well done. TFS.

interesting subject. I will go to this subject soon as i get my new camera. Nice composition.

Just fantastic moth and also the picture!
I think it's too many leaves but it's real habitat ;-)


Hi Jun,
very impressive beauty that looks impressively well camouflaged in its natural habitat of fresh green leaves.
Very good details, subtle colours, well composed.
The shadow across the moth's left wings is the only minor "trouble" in this picture, but in total this certainly is a pretty good shot. Thanks you, and best regards,

Hi Jun,
congratulations, wow, what a wonderful moth, I love it. And seeing it in nature, this is so impressive. Must be a great moment to see it fly with those long wings, what a beautiful shot, than you so much for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-25 16:20]

Hi Jun,
As you say this is one of the most unusual and beautiful month of the whole world!
Perfect shot too.
Josť M.

Beautiful. The colors of the luna moth match the purples and greens found in the plant life. Spectacular detail. Well done.

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